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Mathematics Curriculum Policies and Practices in the U.S.: The Common Core State Standards Initiative

Chapter
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)

Abstract

In the U.S. three curriculum strategies are being used to improve school mathematics programs and student learning outcomes: (a) the movement to common standards; (b) advances in technology-based instructional resources; and (c) the pressure of accountability measured by end-of-year assessments. Together, these strategies are creating a “perfect storm” for significant changes in mathematics curriculum. Elements of the reform strategy are reviewed and discussed. In addition, an argument is made for systematic monitoring of the initiative in order to learn about its impact and inform future policy decisions.

Keywords

Mathematics Curriculum Standards Textbooks Digital Assessments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Mathematics CurriculumUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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